Friday, April 21, 2006

The hypocrisy over Hamas

The former leader of the Mossad, Efraim Halevy, discloses in a new book that the King of Jordan in 1997 conveyed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an an offer from the Hamas leadership to reach an understanding on a thirty-year cease-fire.  The offer reached Netanyahu a few days after the Israeli assassination attempt on Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, an early example of the Israeli policy of ‘targeted assassination’, and an attempt which, needless to say, voided the offer.  It is worthwhile to consider facts like this in the current political atmosphere when all we hear is talk of how illegitimate Hamas is for failing, in essence, to give up the right of the Palestinians to defend themselves against an illegal occupation, a right enshrined in international law.